Sunday, April 29, 2012

Dog Days of Spring

I have a problem...I can't stop sneezing! Seriously, thanks to Atlanta's intense pollen season, I've been hacking and sniffling all weekend. Even the weekly allergy shots I get don't seem to be making an impact these days. Ugh.

Anyway, I've been trying to get rid of the sniffles and itchy eyes with packets of Emergen-C, Mucinex tablets and Claritin.This afternoon, I gargled saltwater and guzzled down a cup of tea spiced with honey, cayenne pepper and ginger when my throat started feeling uber-scratchy.
Anyone else dealing with hay fever misery? If so, here are some tips to alleviate the problem.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Reveeeeenge!

It's been awhile since I was really hooked on a TV show. In fact, Lost was the last series that had me running home and reaching for the remote. And as someone who avoids most sudsy shows, I didn't initially have much interest in Revenge, ABC's new drama about a young woman trying to right the wrongs done to her family.  But then I watched a few episodes and...now I'm rushing back home to tune in.

It's almost a Law & Order type procedural, but one featuring extravagant parties, catfights, rich people behaving badly and insane plot twists. As for the fantastically icy and intense main character...to quote a Gawker article, "It's like she is the 99%'s avenging angel, doing us all a favor by going for the jugulars of so many slimy rich people."

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Happy Hump Day!

Is it just me or have the past few weeks moved painfully slow? I feel like I've done nothing but watch the clock the past few days, willing the hours to go by faster, while simultaneously trying to figure out how to make a dent in the massive pile of work on my plate. At least we're finally through Wednesday/Hump Day. Phew! Hope everyone was able to get their taxes finished and turned in to Uncle Sam on time.

Whenever I have a particularly arduous week, like this one, I figure I deserve some sort of tasty treat for my troubles. Sometimes that involves baked goods, other times a froofy cocktail or dessert drink. Tonight, I was jonesing for a milk shake - didn't care where it came from, just knew I wanted to indulge in a frozen beverage. But instead of hitting the closest fast food joint, I looked up recipes on the always-reliable Hungry Girl website to find a healthier, sugar-free alternative! Check out this cake-inspired recipe. LOVE!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Almost swimsuit season again...

photo by Helga Weber
Okay, how is it already April? I mean, Easter has past, spring break is over and summer is just around the corner. I'm not ready!! I've got weddings and vacations and swimsuit season to prepare for...gah!

As per usual, I went into a mini hibernation in recent months, felled by the flu, a heavy workload and various other excuses. And now I'm having to squeeze into my cute clothes again. Sigh.
On the plus side, if I start now - and adopt better portion control, calorie reduction, sugar-free foods and beverages and regular exercise - I could lose 10 or so pounds in the next two months. Here are some tips I found via sucralose.org.

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Happy April First

According to a new study, eating several cupcakes and bags of chips each day helps to build stronger bones and keeps weight off. JUST KIDDING! Sorry, y'all, but since it is April Fool's Day and all, I thought it was only fitting.
Speaking of April Fool's, have you seen all the awesome pranks online today? PC Magazine ran an article with a list of some of the best gags, but here are a few of the highlights.
From Google Maps 8-bit transformation to the debut of Gmail Tap (Morse code for your email), Google NASCAR racing and the new Really Advanced Search feature, to Flickr's return to black and white, low-resolution roots and the new YouTube Collection, there were giggles galore to be found via the web today. Elsewhere, AdBlock announced that it was expanding its services to block cat pictures, while Sony debuted a quarter-sized "Ultrabook." Brilliant!  So here's my belated April Fool's Day prank to everyone...go home and eat all the cake and ice cream you can find! It won't have any impact on your waistline!! Shah right!